Amalaya, Calchaqui Valley Malbec

Salta, Argentina

4.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

Deep ruby red in colour with a purple hue, this wine displays intensely fruity red berry aromas of raspberries and cherries, floral notes and a touch of spice and chocolate. Well structured, fresh and fruity on the palate with soft, rounded tannins and a long velvety finish.

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The estate's vineyards are located in Cafayate in the very heart of the Calchaquí Valley, distinguished for being one of the highest wine regions in the world. The climate is very dry, with just 150 millimetres of rain in an average year and huge diurnal temperature fluctuations of around 20°C. The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy, so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which results in fruit with hugely concentrated flavour.

Grape Variety

85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot

After careful sorting by hand at the winery, the grapes underwent four days of cold maceration. This was followed by a slow alcoholic fermentation with maceration on the skins lasting between 15-20 days which extracted good levels of colour and tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks before 25% of the wine was aged in used French oak barrels for a period of eight months prior to blending and bottling.

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Amalaya translates as ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery is situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of the Hess Family Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates. All of the Amalaya wines are fruit driven in style, with a finesse that unites them. These wines offer incredible value for their quality and truly reflect their ‘sense of place‘.

Food Match

Perfect with barbecued or roasted red meats.

Organic, Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

In the press

GOLD - Sommelier Wine Awards 2020

1 review for Amalaya, Calchaqui Valley Malbec

  1. Will
    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Have had the Torrontes from this same vineyard which was excellent. This one is just as pleasing and for the value is a great way to revisit the South American honeymoon trip we had to the region in 2015. Definitely worth having!

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